Wednesday, March 15, 2017

[Top 5 Wednesday] Books That Betrayed Me

It's time for this week's Top Five Wednesday! This has been created by gingerreadslainey and it also has a Goodreads group. I am hoping to do these posts (or other weekly Wednesday posts) more often as long as I am interested in the current prompt! This week's prompt is the top five books that let me down or made me feel betrayed in some way. Whether it was in a big way or a small one I plan on discussing the five books that come to mind and explaining why.

Here are the top five books that betrayed me or let me down in some way. These books let me down because I was was excited for them and I had expectations and the books did not live up to the hype or the expectations. 

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Jack Thorne
If you know me, you know I hated this book. The writing is awful, the characters seem to be completely different from the characters we once knew, and the plot is so bad it's laughable because of the inconsistencies. It's been over half a year since the release and I am still so angry about this book. I think my hopes were too high (which makes sense because Rowling slapped her name on the cover and gave it her stamp of approval so I assumed it was going to be good) and I was just really disappointed. I don't plan on ever seeing the play and if there is ever a movie of the screenplay I also don't plan on seeing it. Especially not in theaters. It felt like a total cash grab and I would have preferred them just leave it as a play with a horrible plot.

Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas 
I have been really loving this series. I was late to the party and didn't start it until the summer of 2014 but I remember that Fourth of July I was sitting at a picnic table with my headphones on, listening to the audiobook of Throne of Glass while reading along on my kindle. I didn't even stop to enjoy the fireworks because I was so hooked into the story. So when the latest book, Empire of Storms, came out I was really excited. I had just finished the second book in her other series, A Court of Mist and Fury, and when I read Empire of Storms I realized they ended the exact same way. The plot twists were the same and the sex scenes were so interchangeable because of how similar they were. I was so disappointed after reading it, and really mad too. How could that get through editing? How could no one working on Maas' books see that ACOMAF and EoS ended the same? I think ACOMAF did it better, but I think that may be because it did it first, so I was more affected by it. Either way, super sloppily done and a huge let down.

About a Boy by Nick Hornby
I was really excited to read this book because I loved the television show. It's funny and heartwarming. So I assumed, the book must be the same but even funnier and more heartwarming, because normally books surpass their television/movie companions. Instead I didn't like the characters or have any connections to them. I really hated Will as a character, where in the television show he is my favorite character. Unfortunately, it fell a bit flat for me. I thought the writing was well done, the humor could sometimes be good. But overall it didn't win me over.

Conversion by Katherine Howe
I was genuinely upset that this book was such a total miss for me because I was looking forward to reading it for so long. The premise of the Salem witch trials having a connection to this modern story of these high school girls seemed really cool. Unfortunately, the characters didn't come off their age at all. It read like the author wasn't entirely sure what teenagers sounded like, so she wrote how she assumed they talked and it was completely off. The flashbacks were really boring, way too long, and didn't seem to really connect to the story happening in the present. The chapters in present time kept my interest long enough for me to finish the book but not well enough for me to like it. The characters, plot, and writing just wasn't for me.

My Name is Rapunzel by K.C. Hilton
When I saw the title and gorgeous cover of this book on Goodreads one day, I immediately bought the kindle version and started to read. Unfortunately it was not very good. The characters didn't seem very clever, the writing was really juvenile, the world wasn't well developed, the love triangle wasn't well done and the complete lackluster ending made me so upset. I love Rapunzel in both the fairy tale and the Disney animated Tangled movie, so I was so excited to read this. I definitely felt betrayed.

Thanks for reading!

What books have let you down or betrayed you? I'd love to know.


  1. Sorry you didn't enjoy these books :( I'll make a note to avoid them.
    I kinda have a love-hate relationship with Maas's books. Liked some, hated others, never loved them. I find it so difficult to come to an opinion on them!

    One book that really disappointed me was The Fault In Our Stars. Have u read that? Everyone seemed to love it, and yet I couldn't stand it. Oh well!

    Have a lovely weekend :)

    1. Maas books have good parts but a lot of bad parts that make it really bad. Aw man I loved TFiOS! It's a bummer you weren't a fan! (Also sorry for the late reply! I just saw this today!)

  2. I'm still a bit bitter about Conversion... :(

    1. Ugh I'll always be bitter. It has such a great premise!